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Giants' Manningham disputes report he's headed to Bucs

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Wide receiver Mario Manningham denied Tuesday that he said there's a "75 percent" chance he won't be back with the New York Giants next season.

Manningham, speaking to WFAN-AM, instead classified the odds of him teaming up with Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks again as "50-50."

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"We are not sure what is going on right now" Manningham said, via ESPN New York. "We are going to take it slow and see what is going on and let the smoke clear a little bit, you know the combine and free agency and everything coming up. Just never know where I am going to end up at."

The Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator reported last week that Manningham said he's "75 percent" certain he won't be back in New York, and sources recently told CBSSports.com that Manningham could be following former Giants assistant Mike Sullivan to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was hired as offensive coordinator.

"That is just (rumor)," said Manningham, who's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 13. "I haven't said anything like that or I haven't heard anything like that until the other day. I think everybody is saying that because our quarterback coach is going to be the offensive coordinator. People don't really know what is going on, they don't know where I really want to go."

The Giants have 21 unrestricted free agents on their roster, and general manager Jerry Reese told the New York Daily News during the NFL Scouting Combine that he faces some "hard decisions."

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